Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students (who have never enrolled in college before) who first enroll in the fall semester and are still enrolled in the college a year later (the following fall semester). For example, 65% of the first-time, full-time students who enrolled at Schoolcraft in the fall of 2019 were still enrolled in the fall 2020 semester.

Retention Rates by Year
Retention Rates 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
Full-Time Students 58% 66% 65%
Part-Time Students 48% 48% 49%

Data source: IPEDS Fall Enrollment Report


Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates

Federal government regulations require graduation rates and transfer-out rates to be calculated based on students completing a program within 150% of the expected time to program completion, which is 3 years for a 2-year associate degree and 1.5 years for a 1-year certificate program.

It is important to note that these rates only measure full-time, degree-seeking students who started in the fall semester and haven’t attended college before. At Schoolcraft, this group only represents 19% of all students enrolled in fall of 2020.

Graduation and Transfer Rates
  2011 Cohort 2012 Cohort 2013 Cohort  2014 Cohort 4-Year Average
Graduation Rate 17% 14% 15% 19% 17%
Transfer-Out Rate 31% 30% 28% 29% 29%
Success Rate
(Graduation + Transfer-Out Rate)
48% 44% 43% 48%  

Data source: IPEDS Graduation Rate Reports

*When the College first offered a bachelor's degree in 2015, it was then classified as a 4-year institution solely for IPEDS reporting. As a result, Schoolcraft is required to report graduation rates for the cohort 6 years prior, unlike other community colleges reporting on a cohort 3 years prior.

Graduation Rates by Gender
2014 Student Cohort Graduation Rate
Male 17%
Female 21%
Graduation Rates by Ethnicity
2014 Student Cohort Graduation Rate
American Indian/Alaskan Native 13%
Asian 32%
Black/African American 4% 
Hispanic/Latino  21% 
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander  0% 
White 22% 
Two or More Races  17% 
Race & Ethnicity Unknown 16% 
Non-Resident Alien  29% 
Graduation Rates by Pell Grant Status
2014 Student Cohort Graduation Rate
Recipients of a Pell Grant (within students' first year)  17% 
Recipients of a Direct Subsidized Loan (within students' first year) who did not receive a Pell Grant  25% 
Did not receive a Pell Grant or Direct Subsidized Loan (within students' first year)  20% 

Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Receiving Athletically Related Student Aid

Athletically Related Aid for First-Time Students
Outcomes for First-Time Students Receiving Athletically Related Aid 2014 Cohort
(n=41 students)
Graduation Rate 32%
Transfer-Out Rate 39%
Success Rate (Graduation + Transfer-Out Rate) 71%
Athletically Related Aid by Gender
Outcomes for First-Time Students Receiving Athletically Related Aid by Gender 2014 Male Cohort
(n=20)
2014 Female Cohort
(n=21)
Graduation Rate 25% 38%
Transfer-Out Rate 40% 38%
Success Rate(Graduation + Transfer-Out Rate) 65% 76%
Athletically Related Aid by Sport
Outcomes for First-Time Students Receiving Athletically Related Aid by Sport Men’s Basketball
(n=7)
Women’s Basketball
(n=8)
Men’s Soccer
(n=13)
Women’s Soccer
(n=9)
Women’s Volleyball
(n=<5)
Graduation Rate 0% 38% 38% 22% *
Transfer-Out Rate 57% 25% 31% 56% *
Success Rate (Graduation + Transfer-Out Rate) 57% 63% 69% 78% *

*To protect student privacy and confidentiality, graduation and transfer-out rates for students receiving athletically related aid are not disaggregated when there are further than 5 students per group.


Job Placement

Job placement information is obtained from a survey of Schoolcraft students who graduated between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Graduates received the survey six months after their graduation date.

Student Job Placement Information
  Percentage of 2019-20 Graduates
(n=386 respondents)
Overall graduate employment rate  71% 
Employed full-time 70% 
Employed part-time  30% 
Employed in field related to degree/certificate  65% 
Median Salary
(among graduates employed full-time in a field related to their degree/certificate - data is self-reported) 
$49,920
Pursuing Further Education
(currently enrolled at the time of survey) 
48% 

Data source: Schoolcraft College Graduate Follow-Up Survey (2019-20 Graduates)


Student Body Diversity

Student Body Diversity by Gender
Full-Time Students Enrolled in Fall 2020 Number  Percentage 
Male  984 47% 
Female  1,100 53% 

Student Body Diversity by Ethnicity
Full-Time Students Enrolled in Fall 2020 Number Percentage
American Indian/Alaskan Native <1% 
Asian  106 5% 
Black/African American  208 10% 
Hispanic/Latino  109 5% 
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander  <1% 
White  1,363 65% 
Two or More Races  76  4% 
Race & Ethnicity Unknown 131 6% 
Non-Resident Alien  79 4% 

*Exact number suppressed to protect student privacy


Full-Time, First Time Students
Full-Time, First-Time Students Enrolled in Fall 2020 Number Percentage
Recipients of a Federal Pell Grant  178  26% 

Data sources: IPEDS Fall Enrollment; IPEDS Student Financial Aid, Community College Service Unit Fall Enrollment Reports, 2020


Intercollegiate Athletics Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data

See: https://ope.ed.gov/athletics


Reports and Documents